Originally Posted by RnBMum
I have only recently stocked my tank, I have 2 true perculas, orange spot goby, Cardinal, 3 peppermint shrimp, bumblebee snails, blue leg hermits, cerith snails, a small Kenya tree and a Mexican turbo.
Water is stable and everyone is happy, but I have just hit an unexpected road block. My daughter (9) is being admitted to a hospital 150 miles away for invasive testing and ultimately brain surgery for epilepsy. Of course, I'll be going with her.
My timing is always impeccable - I have been wanting to set up a marine aquarium for years - 2 weeks after I finally stock the tank, her case is suddenly put before the complex care panel. I can't make this stuff up!
Does anyone have resources that can help me quickly teach my husband and son how to care for the tank in my absence otherwise they might remember to feed them, but beyond that, I am not sure the tank will have any attention.
Would it be better for me to try and find a service to care for the tank in my absence?
I wish you and your daughter the best! In your position, I would get a 30 gallon plastic garbage can with a lid - maybe with wheels to get it out of the way if needed. I would premix your saltwater and toss in a power head and that's that.
When we went on vacation last summer, I had family take care of my pets. I was anxious about leaving but it all worked out well. I had a sw
tank, paludarium, riparium, a cat and a bearded dragon to boot. Everything but the cat was foreign to them. In the fridge, I kept each tank's food in zip lock baggies with instructions written on them with a sharpie. The lizard was kinda complicated so I made a list of things specific to it and just taped it on the tank for quick reference.
I put the lighting on timers so they only needed to visit once a day and didn't need to bother with turning things on and off.
I was only gone for a few days and your situation is different because your absence will be longer. But, I wouldn't overwhelm them at first. Topping off a tank is easy to understand and so are water changes - one bucket out, one bucket in. Feed lightly so the water stays cleaner for longer - if you stress any point, it would be that one. Stick to the basics and broad strokes and they'll do fine. Best of luck!